In our previous blog post, we discussed the potential that exists for those working in electrical engineering. Actually, we discussed the potential that exists in not one, but two fields (“The Growth Potential for Mechanical and Electrical Engineering”).
However, in this blog post, we’re going to focus solely on electrical engineering. And we’re not just going to address those who have been in the industry for a while. We’re going to assess the potential that exists in the field for new graduates.
That’s because the electrical engineering field looks especially bright for new graduates or soon-to-be graduates.
Michigan State University’s Employment Research Institute recently released its “46th Edition of Starting Salaries Report.” In 2016, the university collected data from 4,700 employers through a survey they ran from last August through September. The starting salaries that MSU’s career office collected contained base earnings only and did not contain commissions, bonuses, and others incentives.
To assess the salaries, MSU gathered 50 salary reports (one for each state in the union) and averaged the starting salary for new graduates in each field. And what results are of particular note for those professionals planning to work in the field of electrical engineering?
According to the survey and the corresponding report, electrical engineering offers the most in the way of starting salary for recent graduates in engineering. That average starting salary: $62,428.
Earlier this month, we published a blog post titled “THIS is the Job Search Advice That Millennials Should Take.” In that post, we advocated the same advice as WayUp CEO Liz Wessel. During a recent Facebook Live event conducted by Career Insider, Wessel explained that recent graduates and new job seekers should not limit themselves during their search.
Instead, she instructed new graduates to widen their search and apply for far more than just three, four, or five positions within their chosen field. That advice makes all the more sense for those working within electrical engineering.
That’s because electrical engineers are clearly in demand. If new graduates in the field are commanding a starting average annual salary of $62,428, then employers are placing a high value on employing people with that particular skill set.
So if you’re just entering the job market in the field of electrical engineering, there are premium employment opportunities available. Consequently, do not limit yourself by only considering a handful of those opportunities.
It would be to your benefit to fully explore what the market has to offer. And as always, if you’re willing to relocate, your opportunities will be that much greater.
Like just about everything else in life, creating viable options is the best way to enjoy more success. The more options you have, the better decisions you can make, and that certainly applies to your job search and your career.
The Doepker Group can help create options for you. We have a database of employment opportunities in the field of electrical engineering.